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  • So they can rest in peace

    This house would be their home.
    But there’s one thing about it you may not like, the late Jackie Benningfield told his wife Betty Benningfield in the early ‘70s.
    Someone buried dead people in their new backyard.  
    Embraced by a 200-year-old stone fence, the Bell-Carpenter graveyard rests a few feet away from the intersection of Carlton and Maple Drive.

  • Woman’s tree swiped while she’s at church

    Joyce Sims came home from church June 2 and immediately called Lawrenceburg police.
    Someone had stolen her tree peony.  
    The tree is not her favorite planting in Sims’ meticulously landscaped backyard at 617 Nickelbie Drive. Sims prefers Crepe Myrtle trees or calla lilies to a tree peony or “peony tree” as she referred to the perennial.
    But the tree peony’s maroon-and-white flowers bloom for only a few short weeks in spring, Sims said, and then they’re gone until next year.

  • City man charged with animal cruelty

    A Lawrenceburg man is scheduled to return to court later this month after being charged with second-degree cruelty to animals, according to documents on file in Anderson District Court.
    Ronald Stella, 59, of 1125 Tara Way, has already entered a plea of not guilty and is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. June 19 for a pre-trial conference.
    Stella is charged with shooting a neighbor’s dog, a boxer named Rocco, in an incident last September.

  • District seeks input on Anderson County High School principal selection

    The site-based decision-making council at Anderson County High School is seeking to gather as much input as possible by inviting students, parents, staff and community members to complete an online survey to provide input to the council, according to a press release.

    The survey can be accessed at www.acschools.net and will close at midnight on June 10.

  • Angling for a good time at DARE Fishing Derby

    The Anderson County sheriff’s office held its annual DARE fishing derby last Saturday, giving families living in and out of Anderson County the opportunity to have fun fishing while interacting and communicating with each other.
    “It’s always been a great event and the kids have fun doing it,” Lawrenceburg native Tyler Moore, who brought his four children to the derby, said.

  • Anderson grand jury hands down indictments

    The following people were indicted May 21 by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to information on file in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Dallas C. Crawford of Jamestown was indicted for fleeing or evading police, third-degree assault, criminal mischief and a numerous traffic violations stemming from an incident on April 8.
    He was charged by Trooper Marvin Kelly of the Kentucky State Police.
    Timothy W. Russell, 1220 Nice Drive, Lexington was indicted for criminal possession of a forged instrument for an incident on Aug. 26, 2012.

  • Officers show respect for slain Bardstown policeman

    Several local police officers attended the funeral last Friday for the Bardstown police officer who was shot to death May 25 on the Bluegrass Parkway.
    The death of Jason Scott Ellis, 33, of Chaplin, also served as a reminder for local police just how dangerous their jobs can be.
    “It’s one of those things we know we can face at any time,” said Lawrenceburg Police Chief Chris Atkins.
    “Really, it should slap us in the face and remind us that this is what can happen at any time.

  • Superintendent: Outgoing principal’s new job not new position

    Former Anderson County High School principal Ronnie Fields will continue to work in the Anderson County school district as a “director of district-wide programs and operations” starting July 1.
    Fields resigned from his position as principal on May 21, and the principal vacancy was announced May 29.
    Fields had been the principal at Anderson County High School for the last three years.

  • New company offers conceal carry classes and so much more

    As Americans continue to arm themselves in record numbers, two Lawrenceburg men want to make sure that, locally, those buying and carrying guns do so safely and effectively.
    Jeff McCormick and John Giles have formed M&G Tactical, a company dedicated to teaching people to defend themselves that goes beyond being certified to carry a concealed firearm.

  • Frankfort Regional hosts grand opening of $8.4 million emergency department

    When Karen Wooldridge first came to work at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, the emergency department only had six beds for patients.
    Now, after completing the $8.4 million Emergency Department renovation, Frankfort Regional has increased its number of beds from 18 to 28 enclosed private rooms, added 2,600 square feet and a new $1 million 64-slice CT scanner.
    Wooldridge, the director of emergency and cardiac services, thanked her staff for their work and patience during an emergency department grand opening held last Saturday.